Abdominal pain can be disabling in patients with gastroparesis. The pathogenesis of pain in these individuals is poorly understood. Agents commonly used in clinical practice, including tricyclic antidepressants, gabapentin, and pregabalin, have remained largely unsatisfactory in treating this pain. We report the case of a 50-year-old woman presenting with chronic unrelenting abdominal pain due to severe diabetic gastroparesis that was managed successfully with coeliac plexus block with local anaesthesia and steroid injection. Adequate analgesia was achieved and maintained for 10 weeks following the coeliac plexus block, which allowed elimination of opiate requirements for pain management (and avoidance of narcotic associated constipation), continuation of percutaneous endoscopy jejunostomy tube feedings, and avoidance of long term parenteral nutrition.
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